It’s time to disconnect Canada’s economy from communist China
On Twitter, respected journalist Terry Glavin—who has probably done more than almost any other Canadian when it comes to speaking the truth about Communist China—shared a link to an article about an opinion piece written by former Nato chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen in The Guardian:
“‘The people of Hong Kong want more democracy. They will have to win it for themselves. But Europe cannot continue turning the other cheek for the sake of stability & Chinese cash, while people seek the rights that we insist on for ourselves.’ Ditto Canada.”
In the article, Rasmussen says something that could just as easily have been said to Canada’s “leaders”:
To date, Europe has been erratic in its dealings with China. Several states have been eager to jump into bed with Beijing and auction off our democratic values for the promise of a boost in investment. They have turned a blind eye to Beijing’s human rights abuses at home and bellicosity in its neighbourhood. Meanwhile, other states see China’s continued authoritarian drift but shrink in the face of its global bullying.
Here in Canada, we’ve seen that same erratic behaviour in our own elitist political class. The Trudeau government attacked the Harper Conservatives for being too ‘antagonistic’ towards China, and pushed for a “free trade” deal with the Communist State as Trudeau expressed admiration for China’s “basic dictatorship.”
That approach failed miserably, and our relations with China are worse than ever.
The Conservatives under Andrew Scheer have offered some constructive ideas, such as banning Huawei and pulling Canadian funding from the China-controlled Asian Infrastructure Bank.
However, the Conservatives sometimes seem unsure of whether they want a tougher approach to China, or whether they want more trade with China. They have simultaneously criticized Trudeau’s weakness towards China (a justified critique), while also saying Canada needs to be able to sell more to China.
Of course, you can’t get both of those things at the same time. If we take a tougher, Canadian-values based approach towards China, then we will have to distance ourselves from them economically and seek alternative markets.
By contrast, if we want to sell more products to China, then we will have to abandon our values and give in to China’s demands. After all, if even the US is having trouble getting China’s leaders to drop the Communist State’s mercantilist policies, why would Canada be able to extract concessions—especially when our phone calls aren’t even being answered by China?
So, we have a choice to make: Surrender our values to sell more stuff to China, or begin decoupling our economy from China and stand up for what we believe in.
Decoupling doesn’t mean a total ban on trade with China. It simply means that we refuse to concede on our values, that we consider imposing tariffs on certain Chinese products, and that we put limits on foreign investment from the Communist State. The fact is, while many elites try to act as if our trade with China is “essential” to our economy, Canada exported about CAD $24 billion worth of products to China in 2017. That’s about the size of a yearly federal budget deficit, meaning it’s an important, but not existentially important part of our economy.
For example, even if we lost all our exports to China (highly unlikely even under the most severe decoupling scenario), a combination of federal support for farmers and others, combined with investment in homegrown economic production (such as a badly needed military buildup), would be able to offset most negative impacts.
Additionally, we must consider that there are incredible export opportunities to pursue in places like India and Africa, where large, young populations are expected to see large-scale economic growth for decades to come.
Also, all the talk about the ‘potential’ of economic growth in China often ignores the fact that much of their economic growth may be exaggerated by Communist officials, and that China is going to fall into a Japan-style demographic trap, without having achieved Japan-level GDP per capita numbers.
Canada does not need more trade with China, especially when the cost of that trade is submitting ourselves to a ruthless authoritarian nation that doesn’t share our values or our commitment to freedom.
If we want to stand up for what we believe in as Canadians, we must decouple our economy from China.
Twenty percent of Canadians do not expect to escape debt in their lifetime, according to Global News. Based on a study by The Manulife Bank of Canada, Canadians believe that household debt has increased too much.
More worryingly, however, 67 percent of those in debt believe that the rest of the country is in serious debt, too. This study has also revealed that Canadians are terrible at spending: 45 percent of Canadians say that their spending is increasing faster than their income, which is an increase from 33 percent who said this in the spring.
The study also reported that more than 50 percent of Canadians carry considerable non-mortgage debt, and 60% are in credit card debt. As a result of all this, many Canadians may be in debt for some time.
This study was carried out after the financial firm, Equifax, became concerned with the debt of ordinary Canadians. Since 2014, Canadian debt has surged from $57,000 to $71,979.
Over recent decades, Canadian have become increasingly financially insecure. This sentiment has transitioned into a cynicism for our financial system. Most zoomers (generation z) believe that they will never get onto the property ladder or become debt-free.
In the summer of this year, a study showed that half of the Canadian population was only $200 away from financial disaster.
The Canadian Football League (CFL) is the greatest example of Canadian national pride and the symbolism of Canadiana within a sports setting. Canada has always been a country where diversity is not only accepted but considered a source of strength.
In the mid 20th century, CFL was a place where diversity was accepted, in particular as a playing ground for African-Americans to play football in an environment free of discrimination. The Toronto Argonauts currently operate a platform for anti-bullying efforts and ensuring that youth know that the CFL is a platform for strong Canadian values.
Every fall, the Grey Cup is hosted in a different city each year in Canada and is known outside of the country as our version of the “Super Bowl” as represented in the media. The showcasing of the Grey Cup to a worldwide audience has the ability to represent Canadian patriotism, an idea that we as Canadians hold deeply.
We see true Canadiana every year at the Grey Cup with the Mounties in full uniform. No other sports league invites Canada’s treasured police force to present their trophy. Every time the trophy is handed off, every Canadian should be in awe of how unique and how special our country is.
At the Grey Cup this year, support for Canada’s vital oil and gas industry was on display by Alberta Premier Jason Kenney. Statements such as these are not seen anywhere else, but on the only stage where true Canadian spirit is showcased.
The acceptance of all athletes and personnel, regardless of race or creed, in the world of sports goes beyond the need for players or a full roster card. It speaks to the fact that Canada is a diverse nation and will always be accepting of any individual without regard to their nationality or ethnicity.
Football is seen as a symbol of homegrown Canadian professional sports with multiple meanings beyond the sport. Canadian universities outnumber American universities in regards to draft numbers and have special Canadian-only selections. There is always a particular emphasis on Canadian talent on every squad.
There are also basic differences between the CFL and the NFL, such as in scoring, ball size, field size. To many, the CFL style of football is like watching an entirely different version of football compared to watching the more hyped NFL-style football.
The CFL is largely seen as a league of diversity, of common values and goals, and a particular Canadian national pride. Those characteristics define in part what being a Canadian stands for.
There is no other major sports league in Canada that is solely Canadian and prides itself on being so. The league may not receive the highest of ratings, but it is the one league we know that is ours and ours alone.
Just watch a game for yourself to feel the heritage while watching. It is a feeling you cannot experience when watching any other sports league. It is the only league that has the word “Canadian” in it.
The past history of the CFL has definitely shaped the way we see its current formation.
The big-name ownership of the Argos (including Wayne Gretzky and John Candy) certainly catapulted the CFL into the much-needed spotlight by the early 1990s. Then a failed experiment in the mid-1990s led to expansion in multiple areas of the United States for a three-year duration; seven teams came and went.
It was this defining moment, where the league realized that they were not an international brand, but that they were Canada’s league, and needed to ensure the country gets behind the league to truly make it something special. It should be known that the commissioner of the league from 1996 to 2000 was John Tory, Toronto’s current mayor. Tory played a big part in saving the league entirely.
There is no doubt that the CFL will continue to display signs of strong Canadian values and culture, showcasing the uniqueness of Canada, and represents a one-of-a-kind point of view of how Canadians view professional sports, being Canada’s sole nationwide major professional sports league.
The CFL defines and moves us Canadians. No other sports league can do this in the ever-changing climate of professional sports.
Richard Lee, a veteran Liberal MLA from British Columbia, has spoken out about the Chinese government, saying that they detained him, and that they are actively interfering in Canadian democracy, according to Global News.
Lee stated that upon arriving in Shanghai airport in 2015, the Chinese police improperly detained him, separated him from his family, stole and searched his B.C government phone before forcing him to go back to Canada.
Since this incident, Lee said that China’s interference in Canadian democracy has only gotten worse. They are, according to Lee, attempting to control Chinese-Canadian politicians and immigrants, so to protect Beijing from foreign dissent.
Richard Lee was the Liberal MLA for the riding of Burnaby between 2001 and 2017. Lee sent a letter to both Trudeau and Freeland, detailing his detention and subsequent allegations. Lee did not hear back from the Liberal government for a year.
At the time, however, Lee chose not to alert the public to the Chinese government’s actions due to his fear that it would damage an already frayed relationship between the two countries.
Lee cited consular warnings that stop Canadian politicians from speaking out against China, as well as the continued detention of Canadian citizens, as evidence that China is undermining Canada’s sovereignty.
Bill Peters has resigned as the head coach of the NHL’s Calgary Flames after former player, Akim Aliu, accused him on racism on social media, according to Sportsnet.
The Calgary Flames’s general manager, Brad Treliving, made these comments during a press conference. During this, he also stated that Geoff Ward would take over as the interim coach.
Aliu accused Peters on Twitter of directing a racial slur towards the player “several times” when they were both in the AHL. Peters was Aliu’s coach during his time at the Rockford IceHogs.
After Aliu’s tweets, Peter’s released an apology, although he did not direct it specifically to Aliu.